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About Marlene Rosenberg Quintet
With a successful and diverse career spanning four decades, Marlene Rosenberg is one of the most talented and multi-faceted bassists on the scene today. Rosenberg has toured internationally with Joe Henderson, Nancy Wilson, and Joe Williams and performed with a virtual murderer’s row of top musicians, including Stan Getz, Ed Thigpen, Roy Hargrove, Terri Lyne Carrington and Wallace Roney, to name a few. Based in Chicago, Rosenberg plays regularly with her own ensemble MRQ. She has four albums, including most recently MLK Convergence, which was inspired by the social justice movement and represents a convergence of cultures, generations and gender, featuring pianist Kenny Barron, drummer Lewis Nash, as well as bassist Christian McBride. Marlene collaborates frequently with internationally-acclaimed tap dancers. As a frequently invited guest artist and clinician, she has adjudicated and taught master-classes at universities across the country as well as the International Society of Bassists.
About Natalie’s Wood:
Natalies Wood Plays Roland Kirk,is an ensemble that re-examines the oft-explosive music of saxophone giant Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Kirk, a blind musician who died in 1977 at age 41, commanded a monumental technique in a wide range of jazz idioms, though he’s probably most famous for having played three horns at once. This was not a mere stunt but, rather, a means for unleashing torrents of sound and a profusion of ideas.
To try to capture the fervor of Kirk’s work, while also exploring it from contemporary perspectives, Juli Wood last year convened saxophonists Natalie Lande and Natalie Scharf to join her in the new band (hence the name Natalies Wood), with Matt Ferguson on bass, Brian O’Hern on piano and Mike Schlick on drums.
Come and enjoy the beautiful, haunting and unique music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk!
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